18th April, Today morning Swami came out to grant His darshan at 8.15 a.m. First the curtain was opened and the glass, then came Swami. Bhaagavan stayed on the balcony place for quite a while before coming to actual darshan rows. Maybe 8.15 a.m is normal for Puttaparthi but at Kodaikanal it is still early for darshan. So everyone was taken by surprise. It is indeed quite amusing to observe the activities around Swami when he comes "unscheduled"- every one is on the double, waiting devotees rush to their respective places, Bhajan singers run to take specific seats, Sevadal gets extra attentive. The staff and “VIP’s” talking leisurely before suddenly sober up. And the Men side was not even filled up; they have to cross the ladies side to come over to their respective places. So the devotees were coming with their heads bent looking at Swami, doing pranams and walking hurriedly to take their respective seats for darshan. Swami was enjoying it all , smiling and looking at the devotees with so much kindness and love. Finally everyone settled and bhajans also started. Today Swami took lots of letters from the devotees. Swami also gifted tri colour (guess colours of Indian flag) pouches with gift inside to local school girls; they had come to see Swami today. Swami was throwing the pouches from the corner of His balcony and the girls were catching them, one of the pouch landed on a girls head, smilingly she looked up towards Swami and Bhagavan too laughed. It was quite an amusing happening. Today Swami went outside on His car followed by 2 buses filled with boy students etc; Usually Swami takes the students out for a quick picnic lunch or some other interesting picturesque spot. Swami was back at appx. 11:45 a.m. it is quite greyish weather, not much Sun today.
Today 18th April, Evening Swami gave a wonderful discourse about Rama, a
feast for eyes, ears & mind; rare revelations about Lord Rama - details of
Rama's engagement and wedding with Sita, Swami also created Sita's Ring,
it had 14 “precious gems. We'll try to update the evening Darshan news
with discourse highlights later, it is Swami's second discourse, yesterday
also Swami gave a discourse.
Sai Darshan news &
*Highlights of Swamis' discourse from yesterday evening 17th April
Evening: "...4.30 p.m. Bhajans
were already going on when Swami came into the bhajan mandir this